Oncology

Six months of breast cancer treatment ‘could be as effective as 12 in some women’

Six months of targeted drug therapy could potentially be as effective as treatment lasting 12 months for women with a type of early stage breast cancer. This is according to unpublished clinical trial results. Roughly nine in ten women taking trastuzumab - sold under the brand name Herceptin - for...

HPV vaccine found to be ‘safe and effective’

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine offered to teenage girls in the UK is safe and effective in its protection against a virus that can cause cervical cancer. This is according to a new independent review by the Cochrane Group. It looked at 26 trials covering 73,428 girls or women and found that...

Pill may be better than mammograms at diagnosing breast cancer

Researchers from the University of Michigan in the US have developed a new method of diagnosing breast cancer that may be significantly more effective than mammograms. The team at the university has been working on a pill that will make tumours light up when exposed to infrared light, with this...

Global ovarian cancer rates 'set to rise significantly'

The number of women being diagnosed with ovarian cancer is likely to see a significant increase over the next two decades, according to a new study. The World Ovarian Cancer Coalition, a group of patient organisations, has published its 2018 Every Woman Study, which has collated data from 1,000...

Breast cancer drug shown to accelerate tumour growth in lab tests

A certain type of breast cancer drug may actually be causing cancer cell growth to accelerate under some circumstances, according to new research. Scientists from the UK's Francis Crick Institute, King's College London and Barts Cancer Institute at the Queen Mary University of London have...

Gene tests help identify best treatment for one kind of breast cancer

New research has found that aggressive breast cancers where a particular faulty gene is present will respond more readily to a particular type of treatment, Cancer Research UK has revealed. A study jointly funded by Cancer Research UK and Breast Cancer Now found that where a faulty BRCA gene is...

Breath and urine tests offer early breast cancer detection hope

New research has found that tests on breath and urine can provide early indicators of breast cancer. Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Soroka University Medical Center in Israel have found they can use existing equipment to isolate breast cancer biomarkers using patient samples...

Nearly 9 out of 10 at risk women mistrust breast cancer prevention drugs

Nearly 90 per cent of women who are offered a preventative treatment against breast cancer turn down the medication. That is according to a study funded by Cancer Research UK in Britain, which found that these women mistrust the drugs, fear side effects and, in some cases, believe it is their fate...

Tanzania commences youth cervical cancer vaccination programme

The government of Tanzania has begin a programme of vaccination against cervical cancer for girls as young as nine. Over 600,000 girls aged between nine and 14 are receiving the jabs in order to protect them against developing the disease at an early age. Cervical cancer is the focus of government...

Most women with breast cancer family history avoid preventive drug

Six out of seven women with a family history of breast cancer opt out of taking the newly approved preventative drug tamoxifen, a new study has found. Funded by Cancer Research UK and published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, the study included 258 healthy women across England who had been...